Journal Times editorial: Don’t rush COVID-positive kids back to school | Editorial

We recognize that there is disagreement and controversy over managing K-12 education in a pandemic.

But we’ve found something that shouldn’t be in dispute: Kids who’ve tested positive for COVID and been sent home for quarantine should not be sent back to school until their quarantine period is over.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is asking schools in Washington and Ozaukee counties to use attendance software to track students with the coronavirus.

Why, you may ask? Well, some parents knowingly sent their children to school even after they tested positive for COVID-19, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sept. 22.

In one instance, a student was so ill that the student went to the nurse’s office, said Health Department director Kirsten Johnson. The nurse discovered the student was on the list of those who had tested positive and should not have been in class.

“We’ve been trying hard to work

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COVID-19 could cost Canadian universities millions, even billions: Statistics Canada

MONTREAL – Canadian universities could lose as much as $3.4 billion this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada has projected, in large part due to a decrease in the number of foreign students.

In a report published this week, Statistics Canada tried to estimate university budget losses for the 2020-2021 school year.

Tuition fees make up an increasingly large portion of university revenues, the agency said. In 2013-2014, tuition fees accounted for 24.7 per cent of school funding, while they made up 29.4 per cent in 2018-2019.

The largest portion of university revenue comes from government funding, at 45.8 per cent.

Statistics Canada said the increase in the proportion of tuition fees was caused by a growing number of foreign students, who pay higher tuition — almost five times as much as Canadian citizens.

In 2017-2018, foreign students alone paid about 40 per cent of all tuition fees.

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Hong Kong police arrest nine for aiding dozen to flee territory

HONG KONG—Police in Hong Kong said Saturday they have arrested nine people on suspicion of providing funds and other assistance to a group of 12 who sought to flee the territory by boat in August but were intercepted by Chinese authorities.

A police official said the nine, including four men and five women, were believed to be friends of those in the earlier group.

They were arrested on the charge of assisting offenders and believed to have also arranged for the boat and furnished transport and accommodation, Ho Chun-tung of the Organized Crime Division told reporters.

“That means they might have done something to prevent prosecution of these people or to prevent them from being arrested by the police,” Ho said, referring to the 12 detained in August.

In the Saturday morning operation, police also seized the equivalent of $63,640 (U.S.) in Hong Kong currency, computers, mobile phones and receipts

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Norma Caulkins, 79 | Grand Island Obituaries

We are saddened to announce the passing of Norma Pauline Caulkins on Sunday, Oct 4.

A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at All Faiths Funeral Home. Dan Naranjo will officiate. Burial of ashes will be in the Grand Island Cemetery.

The family will greet friends an hour before service time. To help protect others, face masks are required to be worn. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designations.

Norma was born May 24, 1941, to Eugene and Edna Semm (Lockenvitz), she grew up at the family home on North Front Street with her younger brothers, Larry and Dale, where the family ran a machine shop. A memorable childhood story involves her being chased down the alley on her tricycle by the family billy goat, having jumped out of its pen after a bout of teasing by her brothers. She spent her

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Monday Mysteries series: Dispute over unpenned hogs leads to intense argument, murder | History

Norman Bliss was finishing chores at his farm near Shelton on March 22, 1903, when he noticed hogs eating corn in his field. They belonged to his neighbor, James Barnhart, and it was not the first time they had been on his property. On several occasions the hogs ventured onto his property while their indifferent owner did nothing to contain his animals.

Bliss and his son proceeded to drive the animals back off their property with pitchforks. In the process of driving the pigs west toward the Barnhart farm, two

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Little: Manage the risk | Letters

I work as a sports official (freelance vendor) for a variety of local schools and associations, including RUSD and the Metro Classic Conference, in which both St. Catherine’s and Lutheran High compete. While some of my brethren have elected to sit out the fall/winter sports seasons, I have chosen to participate in high-risk volleyball this fall.

The Journal Times editorial of Sept. 30 makes salient points on the COVID-19 dangers of busing and travel issues. Obviously, in these troubled times, eliminating all risk is not possible. So it becomes an issue of managing the risk — lowering it to a level of acceptable. And perhaps as a further indicator of these fractious times, everyone seems to have a different take on acceptable risk. A lot of it is location-based — urban vs. rural. (And too much is political-based, sadly.)

While your editorial pointed out many of the minuses our local

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Four teens, between 13 and 14 years old, hurt after crashing Porsche into pole, Toronto police say

Four teens, between the ages of 13 and 14, were injured near Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood after a Porsche they were joyriding in struck a pole and split in half.

The crash happened in the Lansdowne Avenue and College Street area around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Toronto police said.

Two of them were injured and remained at the scene, police said. The other two fled on foot but were soon found. All were taken to the hospital.

“None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. They were considered life-altering,” Const. David Hopkinson told the Star.

The Porsche was travelling north on Lansdowne at “a high rate of speed” when it lost control trying to turn onto College, Const. Michelle Flannery.

The vehicle struck a pole in the intersection and was “cut into two pieces,” Flannery said.

Traffic Services Sgt. Jason Kraft told the Star that there were three boys and one girl

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WATCH: Who is Rodion Amirov? Breaking down the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first pick and the opening round of the NHL draft

The NHL’s 2020 draft got underway Wednesday night and aside from the new virtual format and a cameo from Alex Trebek, it went mostly as expected, with a few fireworks.

The New York Rangers chose Canadian Alexis Lafrenière as the first overall pick, Quinton Byfield went second to the Los Angeles Kings, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as reported earlier, kept theirs at No. 15. However, their pick, speedy Russian forward Rodion Amirov, may have had the Leafs fan base asking, “Who?”

In the latest episode of “Indoor Recess,” Star hockey reporter Kevin McGran and digital producer Justin Smirlies discuss the newest addition to the Leafs, Kyle Dubas’ comments on Frederik Andersen and what options Toronto has for a right-handed defenceman.

Plus, we hear a little bit of Kevin’s experience from when he covered the 2013 world juniors in Ufa, Russia, the current home of Amirov in the KHL.


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Furever Home Finder: Guava, Pineapple and Papaya

These three kittens are looking for their furever homes!

Currently in foster homes through the SPCA, these three sisters are patiently waiting to meeting the perfect families.

<who>Photo credit: BC SPCA</who>Papaya


3 months old


Domestic short hair


Guava, Pineapple and Papaya love to chase each other around. They also love playing in boxes, toys and curling up in her human’s arms.

<who>Photo credit: BC SPCA</who>Guava

Guava is the sweet, soft spoken one, but can also be very social. She loves to be fussed over, and doesn’t mind taking up your entire lap. She has the most adorable way of sitting sometimes, and definitely enjoys making people happy.

<who>Photo credit: BC SPCA</who>Pineapple

Papaya is bold and curious, and is always ready for the day. She enjoys play sessions, and tries to steal all the toys from her siblings.

Pineapple is a very sweet, social and outgoing kitten who really enjoys time with humans. She loves to be the centre of

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Library board approves 2021 draft budgets, hears Town Halloween plan

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The St. Marys Public Library board held their monthly meeting last Thursday and among the most important outcomes was the board’s approval of their 2021 draft budget.

The approved draft budget will now be sent to Town of St. Marys staff to be presented to Town Council for their consideration. The draft budget for the adult learning center was also approved by the library board, which did see more notable changes to the library’s budget. One of these changes was a request for a $1,500 funding increase from Stratford to help cover the costs of expanded adult learning services in the city. Earlier this year, the St. Marys adult learning center increased their presence in Stratford from two days to three days, and have expanded their hours of service, thus prompting the request for more funding. Since funding for the St. Marys adult

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